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Celtic defender Glenn Loovens has lost his appeal against a one-match ban for his clash with Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu during the final Old Firm derby of last season.

Loovens, 25, was suspended by the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee after they reviewed footage of the May 9 incident at Ibrox - which appeared to show the Holland international flicking a boot at Edu.

He was punished with a one-match ban and had 12 points added to his 2008-09 disciplinary points total for "misconduct of a significantly serious nature". He appealed against the decision but lost that verdict and will now miss Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Motherwell.

Loovens' case has exposed serious flaws in the SFA's disciplinary process.

Despite his clash with Edu taking place more than five months ago, he was not found guilty until the disciplinary committee met on August 7.

His appeal freed him to play in injury-hit Celtic's opening SPL game of the season at Aberdeen and it has taken the SFA more than two months to reconvene on the matter.

Reacting to the news, Celtic boss Tony Mowbray said: "The bottom line is it's been dealt with and if the appeal panel say he has to miss a game then he has to miss a game. We accept that and move on."

Loovens had been struggling with a calf problem and was a doubt for Saturday's game in any case.

But Mowbray said: "He probably would have been in contention this weekend. We will rest him and make sure his calf is ready for next week."

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